Genre: Action, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
Plot: Ten years ago, a child wished for the destruction of the world. Now, a group of people has the ability to grant their wishes depending on their power. They are called “Order User.”
Before these great people who have the power of “Order,” one person excels the most with the ability to rule and conquer the world and turn people into puppets when it is in his jurisdiction. This power belongs to Hoshimiya Eiji, who is also responsible for the destructive phenomena that happened exactly ten years ago.
Impression: Now starting off with episode 1 of Big Order, I was a bit confused as to what was happening. All I knew that there was a tragedy that happened 10 years ago due to which Japan lost its independence and was put under the control of the UN. It was in the second half of the episode that things started to become clear. The concept is not very unique. A deity or higher being giving people the powers they wish for. These people with powers later become known as ‘Orders’ and are ostracized by the society and are hunted down by the UN and locked up. Our main protagonist Eiji is an Order whose wish somehow led to the near destruction of the world.
At face value big order seems like a fusion of Code Geass and Mirai Mikki. It has the same author as Mirai Nikki so it is no surprise that the two protagonists, Eiji and Rin look exactly like Yuki and Yuno. On the other hand the show is about a guy who has the power to control people’s wills as well as objects in a certain space know as his dominion. He also has this demon like being come out when he unleashes his order which looks like an Ajin. Eiji wants to dominate the world and to create it anew where there is peace so that his sickly sister can live a happy life. Exactly like Code Geass. Despite having a mish-mash of two anime, I found Big Order to be interesting. That said the execution of the anime is not mature. It’s almost childish. It’s a bit hard to explain but I did not feel the level of gravity which I felt while I was watching Coder Geass or Mirai Nikki. It is not a huge drawback. However, considering how heavy the concept is, the childish nature of the characters is a bit difficult to get used to.
Moving on to the characters, the main protagonist Eiji is like Yuki from Mirak Nikki. He is a coward, he is afraid of dying and he is not strong except for the power of his Geass, I mean Ajin, I mean Order. Jokes apart. What sets Eiji apart from Yuki is that when faced with adverse situation he is not afraid to do what’s needed to be done. He doesn’t nag or whine and takes quick decisions. Even under unfavorable situations he will take action. He is driven by his will to create a better world for his little sister. That is his sole motivation. The main female character Rin is not a Yandere like Yuno per se but she wants to kill Eiji as his wish was responsible for her family’s death. At the brink of death ten years ago Rin became an order and gained the power of immortality through her will to live. But as these two characters collide Rin is put under Eiji’s order and is unable to harm him. This dynamic of wanting to kill Eiji but being unable to opens a door for a lot of comedic antics and room for relationship development which I am looking forward to.
The animation is pretty standard. It’s nothing special but looks really good with a balance of dark and bright ambience. The opening theme as average but I liked the ending theme. The soundtracks are good enough.
I’ll be blunt, despite the fact that the plot is not unique and the characters look like rehashed versions of Yuki and Yuno, I did not dislike it. In fact I enjoyed it. I see potential and I am looking forward to the rest of the show. It will be intriguing to see how the show will be considering the fact a lot of promising shows badly screwed up due to the 12 episode constraint and Big Order will have only 10. But we can always hope for the best, right?
Here is the promotional video for Big Order:
Here are some screenshots from Big Order: